Debunking Common Dog Training Myths

Debunking Common Dog Training Myths

Some dog training wives’ tales boggle my mind.   Many years ago I worked with George, an elderly man who had cerebral palsy. Because he had very limited use of the left side of his body, he could not hold a leash with his left hand and his left leg dragged behind him when he walked. When I met George, he was struggling to work with his Jack Russell Terrier, Emily. Another trainer told George that he had to walk Emily on his left side. (Some trainers require dogs walk this way because walking on the left is a requirement … Continue reading

Can Pet Parents Be Helicopter Parents?

Can Pet Parents Be Helicopter Parents?

If you are a parent to human children, you are probably familiar with the term “helicopter parent”. If you do not have human children, you may not be familiar with the term.   “Helicopter parents” are parents that constantly oversee their children. They often are hesitant to leave their children at school, they are involved in everything the children are doing (even when they are at home playing) and they rarely allow their children to do anything without them. Most children with these overly involved parents will either become extremely dependent on their parents to do anything or they rebel … Continue reading

Is a Puppy Right for Your Family?

Puppy? How to Make the Right Decision and Choice for a Puppy!

I am the first to admit that a cute, roly poly puppy is almost impossible to resist! When those cute eyes stare up at you and you are bathed in kisses that have the wonderful aroma of puppy breath, who can say no? Unfortunately, too many people say yes to a puppy with their heart but don’t think about what the decision really involves. Puppies are hard work! They are equal to having a new born baby the first few months you have them. Just like with human babies, some are easy and others are beyond challenging. Because a puppy … Continue reading

What Are the New Year’s Resolutions for Your Pet?

Resolutions This New Year for Your Pets!

When we think of New Year’s Resolutions we often think of things we will do for ourselves, lose weight, exercise more, eat better, etc. This year why not make a New Year’s Resolution to train your dog, cat or other pets. Training your pet provides great mental stimulation and it will improve your bond! When deciding to train your pet, there are many options. We most commonly think of training dogs but all animals can be trained. Group classes are commonly provided for dogs, you could join a Good Manners class, Agility class, Trick class or Nose work class (depending … Continue reading

How to Make the Holidays Even More Enjoyable for Your Dogs!

Holidays for Your Dogs: Happy Dogs!

As humans we often think of the holidays as a chance to see family members that we don’t see often, go to parties and eat festive food. For us this time can be very fun and exciting but it is also typically more hectic. As you celebrate the holiday season, take moment to consider the holidays from your dog’s point of view.   Although we love to invite friends and family we rarely see to our homes during the holidays, many dogs do not share the same enthusiasm for the new visitors. Some dogs are quite social and like to … Continue reading

Simple Steps for Effective Dog Training

Dog Training Tips to Easily Help Your Dog

There are many ways to train a dog, but there are a few things that will help your dog learn more effectively.   First teaching in a low distraction, stress free environment is very helpful. Learning new things can be hard for everyone. However, we can help our pets along by choosing to teach in a quiet environment where there are few distractions. Just like humans going to a quiet library to learn, when we are teaching our dog a new behavior, start in your house or other “boring” area. Once your dog has learned the behavior in a quiet … Continue reading

Can Your Dog Get Stressed Out?

Stressed Dog? How to Further Understand Your Dog’s Needs

As humans we know that stress can wreak havoc on our lives. Stress can make us sick, tired, grouchy, distracted and so much more.   Often times our stress touches other people our lives, our children, friends, coworkers, bosses, etc. With our fast paced lifestyle, we are experiencing more stress all the time. We typically get stressed because we have too much on our plate, we have a troubled relationship (child, spouse, friend, coworker, parent, boss) or we are facing a problem or project that is overwhelming. If stress can affect the other humans around us, can stress also affect … Continue reading

3 Necessary Things to Consider When Traveling With Your Pets

Traveling With Your Pets and Tips If They Need to Come Along or Not

Obviously, I love animals so it should be equally obvious that I love my pets. I also love to travel. Therefore, if I can travel with my pets (primarily my dogs), life is perfect.   When I am considering taking my pets, I have to consider a number of questions. Will my pets enjoy the trip, is the trip appropriate for my pets and how to best prepare for the trip? 1. Will my pet enjoy this trip? To determine if my pets will enjoy the trip I have to consider many things such as how we will be traveling. … Continue reading

Finding the Right Dog Trainer for You and Your Pup

Dog Trainer: How to Find the Right Dog Trainer to Help You…

When you start looking for a trainer for your dog, it can be confusing on who to choose. Because dog trainers are not required to obtain a license in the United States, there are no set standards. The education, experience and skill of trainers can fluctuate greatly.   To try to address some of this problem, different training certifications have been developed. However, the “certification” programs can differ significantly. Some trainers are “certified” by schools where they learn to dog train. Other trainers are “certified” through private certifying programs that are not affiliated with any particular school. However, there are … Continue reading

How to Choose the Right Dog for Your Family

Dog to Choose Which is Appropriate for Your Family Needs

I once had an 85 year old man come to me because his niece gave him a Jack Russell puppy because he had had a Jack Russell before. This match was difficult from the start. Jack Russell’s tend to be intelligent and highly active. They usually need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. This dog was no exception. The man did not have the skills or the desire to teach this puppy. He tried to keep her for a year but had to finally find another home for her. This was devastating for the man and the puppy. I often … Continue reading